Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The Morris County government spent nearly $100,000 last year in its shared service program to remove deer carcasses from county and municipal roads, about $20,000 more than was spent in 2007.

According to Stephen W. Hammond, director of the Morris County Department of Public Works, 1,630 deer carcasses were removed from county and municipal roads last year at a cost of $60 per deer, compared with 1,491 in 2007 when the cost per deer was $54.50.

A Monmouth County firm, Deer Carcass Removal, has a contract with Morris County to remove dead deer from both county and local roads at no cost to the towns.

The Morris County Board of Freeholders in 2006 decided to assume the cost of carcass removal when the New Jersey Department of Transportation transferred that responsibility to towns and counties.

Under the county program, each town is responsible for reporting deer carcasses on local and county roads within its municipality directly to the company.

County figures show Washington Township led the way with a total of 206 deer carcasses removed last year, followed by Randolph with 159, Chester Township with 107and Hanover Township with 94.